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Race ducks for charity and a shot at $2,500 at Gwinnett event

17,000 rubber ducks are piled into a wheel loader before being launched from the Ann Richards Congress Avenue bridge into Lady Bird Lake and raced to the finish line to win prizes as part of the The 4th Annual Austin Duck Derby on Aug. 5, 2017. All proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Austin area. (TAMIR KALIFA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
17,000 rubber ducks are piled into a wheel loader before being launched from the Ann Richards Congress Avenue bridge into Lady Bird Lake and raced to the finish line to win prizes as part of the The 4th Annual Austin Duck Derby on Aug. 5, 2017. All proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Austin area. (TAMIR KALIFA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Credit: Tamir Kalifa

Credit: Tamir Kalifa

For just $5 and a rubber duck, you could win up to $2,500 at the Gwinnett Duck Derby.

The event, held by the South Gwinnett Rotary Club, will put 3,000 rubber ducks in the West Gwinnett Aquatic Center’s lazy river on Sept. 9. The first three ducks to cross the finish line will win cash prizes for the people who “adopt” them. First place gets $2,500, second place gets $1,000 and third place gets $500.

The rubber duck race is a fundraiser for the Rotary Club. All of the money raised will go to causes the club supports, including the Lawrenceville Boys and Girls Club, Corley Elementary School and the Brookwood High School Interact Club.

You can "adopt" one duck for $5, or adopt them in groups; a "company" of 28 ducks costs $100, approximately $3.57 per duck. Find all package and payment options at the Duck Derby website.

The event starts at noon, with the race beginning at 2:30 p.m.

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